Itinerary

Wed 20 Nov

Early afternoon arrival in Milan and transfer by coach to Bergamo (approx. 1 hour). Check-in at the 4-star Hotel NH Bergamo, followed by a welcome dinner in a local restaurant.

Thu 21 Nov

Take the funicular this morning with your guide to the upper part of this charming city. From the beautiful Piazza Vecchia - the historic heart of the Upper Town - you will visit the imposing Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore where Donizetti is buried, the Colleoni Chapel and the Sant’Alessandro Cathedral and its treasures. The last stop is the Donizetti Museum where the words and music of the composer will be your guide. Lunch in a local restaurant then take the funicular back to the hotel. The afternoon is at leisure before the evening performance.

Fri 22 Nov

This morning visit Bergamo Bassa where sights include the exterior of the Teatro Donizetti and the adjacent monument to Donizetti. You will also visit the Accademia Carrara, an Academy of Fine Arts and art gallery which houses works by Botticelli, Mantegna and Titian. The rest of the day is free before the opera that evening.

Sat 23 Nov

Today is a full-day excursion outside of the city. Stop first at Franciacorta, a small wine producing area which is developing a reputation for its high-quality sparkling wines. Sample some of these special bubbles – considered by many as Italy’s answer to Champagne – then continue to the medieval town of Iseo on the southern shore of Lake Iseo. Visits will include the 11th-century Oldofredi Castle, the sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snow and Piazza Garibaldi, the site of the first monument ever built to Giuseppe Garibaldi. Farewell lunch in a local restaurant before returning to Bergamo in time for the final opera performance.

Sun 24 Nov

Morning at leisure before transferring by coach to Milan for the homeward flight.

Programme

21 Nov 20.30

L’ANGE DE NISIDA DonizettiInc

D: Francesco Micheli

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

Venue: tbc

World Premiere staging

22 Nov 21.00

LUCREZIA BORGIA DonizettiInc

D: tbc

C: Riccardo Frizza

Cast: tbc

Venue: Teatro Sociale

New production

23 Nov 20.30

PIETRO IL GRANDE DonizettiInc

D: tbc

C: tbc

Cast: tbc

Venue: Teatro Sociale

New production

Full casting to be confirmed in due course.

Flights

British Airways

20 Nov London Heathrow - Milan Linate dep: 10:50 arr: 13:45

24 Nov Milan Linate - London Heathrow dep: 15:35 arr: 16:40

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £1655
Single room supplement £180
Club Europe flight upgrade from £250
Land-only tour price £1585
Deposit required £350
Tour code DON1

Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one dinner, two lunches, wine tasting, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.